I thought I could get a squared circle by photographing the top of an optical crystal sphere on its stand, but I couldn’t see the stand through the sphere, so I put the stand on top of the sphere and got this weird optical squared circle inception. The stand itself is optical quality, so the combined refractions produced a square in the center that is pure optics.
When you know your camera’s disadvantages, you can use them to your advantage. I’ve found mine has trouble focusing on small bright shiny objects for macros. Too close and it wants me to turn on the flash. Turn on the flash and it won’t focus on the object, or it’ll wash it out.
For this photo I managed to balance all the exceptions to get a spacey science fictiony new agey album/book cover of an orb, slightly out of focus. With the albedo, it looks like it could be a moon of a gas giant.
I used a frosted glass marble on white paper in low lighting with the flash off. No editing was done except for the signature.